David Zwirner Books
Deichtorhallen Hamburg-Sammlung Falckenberg
Hardcover, 688 pages, 600 color, English
Price: $65 | £40
Raymond Pettibon: Homo Americanus.
Collected Works © David Zwirner Books.
Photograph by Kyle Knodell

Philosophically profound, deeply literary and biting in his satire, Raymond Pettibon is the foremost draftsman of his generation, and one of America’s most important contemporary artists. Approaching “high” and “low” subject matter with equal appetite, Pettibon plumbs the depths of American sexuality, politics, subcultures, mores, and intellectual histories through themes ranging from Shakespeare to Gumby, surfers to the Bible, baseball to German Romanticism.

Arranged thematically in 32 chapters, this unique catalogue presents over 600 works, from every part of the artist’s career, which have never been shown before for the majority of them. It also includes a complete facsimile of Pettibon’s first book, Captive Chains, almost entirely unavailable for decades – in addition to numerous early drawings completed with his nephew, record covers, flyers, and sections dedicated to collages and drawings from the 1980s to today.

Frenchette by Raymond Pettibon, the inaugural exhibition of David Zwirner Paris is on show until 23 November 2019.